|Bruce Ames: Vitamin insufficiency boosting age-related diseases|
|Tuesday, 09 February 2010 00:00|
It is literally all about living for today. By understanding that nature favours survival today over tomorrow, a theory that vitamin inadequacy is behind the rise in chronic diseases "makes sense... and it is almost certainly going to be right," says world-renowned scientist Bruce Ames.
In an exclusive interview with Stephen Daniells, Professor Bruce Ames from the University of California, Berkeley explains why his "triage theory" could have enormous implications for human health.
For many, Professor Ames needs no introduction. In the 1970s, he invented the Ames Test, a simple and inexpensive assay to check the mutagenicity of compounds. Since then he has dedicated his research to understanding the biochemistry of ageing, with a focus on mitochondria, the power plants of our cells, as well as how micronutrients may prevent disease, malnutrition, and obesity.
So, when the native New Yorker with over 450 scientific publications tells you his triage theory is "the most important thing I have ever worked on", you sit up and listen.